Floral prints have always been a staple of the fashion world, but their popularity waxes and wanes from year to year. We are seeing more floral prints this season than in years past and the main reason for that is that they lend themselves well to other fashion trends we are seeing this spring like Victorian inspired clothing and off the shoulder romantic lines. Before we talk about these trend crossovers, let’s talk about the different types of floral prints.
There are two main types of floral print, realistic and abstract. Abstract florals are like the pieces seen above where the floral pattern is muted or blurred in some way. You can find abstracts in all different types of clothing including a floral print dress, skirt, shirt, or floral print pants. The other category of florals is realistic. Realistic floral patterns are ones where you can point to a particular flower being used in the pattern like a daisy or a rose. There are some examples of these below including a floral print maxi dress and a large floral print dress.
As I said earlier, many of the floral pieces seen on the runways for spring and summer 2016 had a crossover element with other current trends. We saw a lot of chintz pieces this year because that fabric and style of large print goes along with the trend of Victorian era inspired clothing. The large pleats and poofy shoulders and sleeves work well with a chintz pattern. You can see this is some of the items in the Alexander McQueen show in the video above.
Some other 2016 fashion trends that are crossing over with floral print trends include the off the shoulder or x neckline and lightweight denim. The Alexander McQueen show also has pieces that show these trends including a floral maxi dress and a denim jacket with a peek a boo belly. You can shop similar looks at the links above.